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Byer Koi Farm is a UK Koi Farm based in Hertfordshire. We sell Koi Carp, Koi Fry, Small Koi, Tosai and Nisai

Fry update

We are half way through the season and have worryingly few fry at 1 inch to show for it.

Both ponds outside are in use - but numbers of hatchlings seem too low. The one that have made it this far are large enough to gorge themselves on the clouds of daphnia but I fear too many didn't make it this far.

We have a test batch of around 100 of the hatchlings from sharkey's spawning coming along nicely in a tub in the Polytunnel - and whilst it's great to see them growing so well, even at this early stage I am very worried about the quality . I can tell by the variation in colouring that we are probably low in the percentage that will end up with a pattern.  We will wait until they are at first selection size to confirm the finding.

So, as things stand:

- we have a few thousand (at most) 1 inchers from the May spawning of our trusty parent set. 

These fish have been reared indoors using techniques we've tried for the first time this year.  They are finally at 1 inch and first selection size .  We've taken it slow and steady with them - feeding regularly but also mindful of staying within the limits of the filter.

We've moved them into the grow on system, into the green vortex tank . In a normal year - they should be 2 to 3 inches by now !  I'm not too worried by that because we have plenty of time to grow them into good sized Tosai. I just hope we have one or two in there that make it worthwhile. 

- on the fry ponds outside ; first, the bottom pond. We filled this pond wth hatchlings from the Sharkey spawning about a week and a half ago.  We can see fish in there but not that many :-(

- the top fry pond outside ; again, filled with hatchlings from Sharkey spawning.  Numbers in this pond are even lower than the other pond . With the concern I have over the pattern ratio from this parent set, and with so few hatchlings in this pond - I am considering emptying the pond and giving it another go. It's a risk because there may not be time to cycle the pond in time - but it may be worth the risk because there is not much to lose.

So, I will probably make my first attempt to spawn my new takigawa 3 step this weekend. And at the latest, the following weekend .